September 13th, 2019
Professional cleanings remove plaque and tartar that is below the gum and in-between teeth. Even the most meticulous home care requires the help of a hygienist! Using special instruments, your hygienist’s can reach places a toothbrush can’t.
Skimping on homecare and forgoing a regular dental exam can also put you at risk for developing or worsening cardiovascular problems. Periodontal disease is an active infection in the gum tissue. Left untreated, you risk bone and tooth loss. If the infection enters your bloodstream through an open wound in your mouth, you could be at risk for severe cardiovascular problems such as endocarditis. Endocarditis is a rare infection in the lining of the heart chambers and valves caused by bacteria spreading through your blood and sticking to already damaged areas of your heart.
Oral health has many facets, and each piece is as important as the other. By creating and sticking to a daily routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing combined with professional dental cleanings, you can help keep your teeth and body healthy for the rest of your life.